More About WVCDHH


The mission of WVCDHH is to advocate for, develop, and coordinate public policies, regulations, and programs to assure full and equal opportunity for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Virginia.


The vision of WVCDHH is Diversity, Equality, Access, and Fairness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in West Virginia.

WVCDHH History

WVCDHH was established in 1989 by the Legislature with the intent of removing barriers, promoting independence, and providing access to services for those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.   
WVCDHH hopes to aid West Virginians who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in their efforts to live independent and productive lives by:
  • Maintaining a clearinghouse of information
  • Maintaining a list of qualified and certified interpreters
  • Conducting outreach to raise awareness
  • Investigating the condition of Deaf and Hard of Hearing West Virginians

Past Executive Directors
Rex Purvis (1989 – 1992)
Hubert Anderson (1992 – 1997)
Charity Reedy Hines (1999 – 2003)
Deanna Stone (2004 – 2008)
Marissa Sanders (2009 – 2014)
Earnest Covington III (2015 – 2019)